Rutilated quartz polished freeform "gem" #1
Beautiful rutilated quartz
Rutile is a major ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys. It often forms needle-like crystal inclusions inside quartz. This form of quartz is known as rutilated quartz and it looks like small bars of imbedded gold. While many gemstones are most valuable when they contain few or no inclusions, rutilated quartz is actually prized because of its unique inclusions.
Please note that some of the rutilated quartz is so dense that it can makes the quartz fragile and crumble in areas.